2 of 8 portraits of Darcey Bussell
by Allen Jones
oil on canvas, 1994
72 in. x 59 7/8 in. (1829 mm x 1521 mm)
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A soloist at the Royal Ballet from 1988, Darcy Bussell was promoted to Principal for the leading role in Kenneth MacMillan's The Prince of the Pagodas (1989). Her classical repertoire includes Odette/Odile in Swan Lake and Princess Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty. In 1991 she created the role of Masha in MacMillan's Winter Dreams. Voted 'Dancer of the Year' in 1990, she is shown in this portrait en pointe.
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Current affairsThe Queen opens the Channel Tunnel. After seven years of digging, various financial hold-ups and technical difficulties, a long-awaited rail link is created between Britain and France. The tunnel is 31 miles long with 24 miles under the sea, the longest under-sea tunnel in the world.
Art and scienceTrevor Bayliss starts production of his clockwork radio. The innovation is a fantastic example of simple environmentally friendly design and has been found particularly useful in areas where there is no electricity supply, such as remote communities in Africa.Blur release their classic Britpop album depicting London life, Park Life.
InternationalViolence breaks out in Rwanda. An estimated 800,000 people were massacred in the Rwandan Genocide, most of them Tutsis, murdered by extremist Hutu militia groups.South Africa holds its first democratic elections in which full enfranchisement is granted. The African National Congress led by Nelson Mandela won the majority of the vote, and Mandela became the country's first black State President.
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On display in Room 32 at the National Portrait Gallery